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Old 10-12-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
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If you were remodelling the kitchen and removing all of the counters and cabinets, would you put the hardwood down before or after the cabinets are installed?

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Old 10-12-2010, 09:54 PM   #2
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Hi Kilo,

It all depends on which type of hardwood you're going with. Is it 3/4" solid, site finished or are you going with engineered hardwood or other?

If it's standard 3/4" unfinished, I highly recommend installing the wood first since it's considered lifetime cuz it can be refinished several times. Engineered which is often 1/2" or thinner is not a lifetime floor. Install it after the cabinets so it can be replaced as many are.


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